Minnesota honey production down 25 percent in 2011

The Associated Press reports honeybees produced 6.4 million pounds in Minnesota last year. Wisconsin also had an off year, down 12 percent. North Dakota is the nation's leader producing nearly 33 million pounds of honey in 2011.
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The Associated Press reports honeybees produced 6.4 million pounds in Minnesota last year. Wisconsin also had an off year, down 12 percent. North Dakota is the nation's leader producing nearly 33 million pounds of honey in 2011.

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